Freedom Elementary School News
Upcoming Events - Scroll to bottom of page for full calendar
March 14 - NO SCHOOL
March 15 - NO SCHOOL
March 18 - Various PE Games Intramurals 2:40-3:40 pm
March 19 - Various PE Games Intramurals 2:40-3:40 pm
March 20 - Yearbook cover submissions due
March 21 - Various PE Games Intramurals 2:40-3:40 pm
March 25 Kindergarten Pre-Registration 6-7 pm
March 26 - STEAM Night 6-8 pm
March 26 Kindergarten Pre-Registration 6-7 pm
March 28 - Various PE Games Intramurals 2:40-3:40 pm
April 22 is a school day to make for snow day
For STEAM Night, we need donations of empty paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls - please bring to school before March 26.
- Each month we will have a "celebrity" serving lunch - check out our Celebrations page or Facebook for photos
- Jump Rope for Heart - March 8-27
- Intramurals- March 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28, April 1
- Snowshoeing, Broomball, PE Games
Choir and Drama Clubs - Grades 4 and 5 - 2:40-3:40 pm Tuesdays
Kindergarten Round Up 2019
If you have a child who would be starting Kindergarten in the Fall of 2019 please join us at Freedom Elementary for our Kindergarten Round Up event on March 25 and 26 from 4:00-7:00 pm. Please bring the child's birth certificate and immunization records.
See you on March 25 or 26!
Since mid-February, the district’s Buildings & Grounds Department has been monitoring snow loads on the roofs of our facilities with a specialty laser measuring tool.
Removal crews have been deployed to multiple schools within the district since late-February, and all buildings remain on a continual monitoring cycle. With the anticipated weather coming into our area tonight and tomorrow, some buildings will have additional snow removed from their roofs today as a precaution.
At this time, there are no buildings with a concerning snow load on their roofs.
Public Relations Coordinator
School Safety & Security Coordinator
West Fargo Public Schools
Please call 701-356-5221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
the Freedom office to inform when your student will be absent
Types of attendance:
- Sporting events
- Doctor/Dentist/Orthodontist appointments
It is helpful to inform the office of the type of attendance so that it can be coded in Power School properly. Funeral, for example, would not count against the student's attendance for the year.
Also if you bring in doctor/dentist/orthodontist note this can also be coded to medical and would not count against attendance for the year.
Thank you for assisting our office in recording attendance correctly!
Allison and Lisa - the Dynamic Duo of the Freedom Office
Parents & Guardians:
We are very excited to introduce Kids Heart Challenge at Freedom Elementary this year. This program is the new-and-improved Jump Rope For Heart program our school has participated in for many years with the American Heart Association. Kids Heart Challenge encompasses all the things we loved about Jump Rope For Heart but the biggest difference is the heart healthy challenge this program encourages students (and families!) to take. The challenge is simple: students select one of the three challenges listed below using our school’s event website http://www2.heart.org/goto/freedomwestfargo or the Kids Heart Challenge app. It is our hope that by committing to one of these challenges to take care of their hearts it will turn into a lifelong habit that will carry into adulthood. The challenges include:
- Drink water over sugary beverages
- Be physically active for 60 minutes each day
- Do one kind deed every day
Simple, right? All your student needs to do is select a challenge and he/she will receive a Kids Heart Challenge glow-in-the-dark wristband to serve as their daily reminder to keep taking the challenge each day. If your student wants to collect life-saving donations to support the American Heart Association’s mission and earn some cool thank-you gifts, you can easily do that right there from your personalized Kids Heart Challenge website and app! So easy! Your student will receive a collection envelope on Friday, March 8th – be sure to look out for this.
The American Heart Association knows our school is taking this challenge seriously but to make the biggest impact in our students’ lives, we need them to commit to the challenge.
The American Heart Association has offered our school $500 to purchase new PE/Recess equipment to help our students get active if we can get at least 50% of our students registered to take the Kids Heart Challenge. This means we need 270 students to register by March 27th!
Will you help us?
Registering to take the Kids Heart Challenge is simple:
- Go to our school’s Kids Heart Challenge website: http://www2.heart.org/goto/freedomwestfargo AND/OR Download the Kids Heart Challenge app on your smart phone or tablet
- Following the registration instructions & select your heart-healthy challenge
Want to learn more about our school’s Kids Heart Challenge program? Check this out:
We are so proud to be partnering with the American Heart Association on this program! An extra $500 to help keep our kids active would be amazing! Thank you for your support!
Mighty Miles Cancer Benefit - March 22 5-8 pm at Aurora Elementary
Myles Allen is a first grader at Aurora Elementary that was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is the most aggressive type of pediatric cancer. Myles’ family moved to West Fargo to be near the hospital and their entire support system is Aurora elementary.
5:00-8:00 pm Benefit
5:30-7:00 pm Glow in the Dark Dance Party
Entrance Donation $5
Benefit will include: Taco in a bag Supper; Silent Auction; Bake Sale; Family Games and Activities
If you want to help or have questions, please call Nikki 701-680-2706
Donations can be sent to the Myles Allen Benefit Fund at Bell Bank
Congratulations to two of our Freedom Students!!
Oscar – 3rd Grade – won 1st prize for Grade 3 from the Shriner Circus poster contest!
Elizebeth – 2nd Grade – won GRAND PRIZE of the entire contest! Elizebeth and her family receive complimentary tickets to the circus and Elizebeth will be brought down to Center Ring to accept her brand new bike! Her poster is also the cover of the program for the circus!
2018-2019 Freedom Elementary Music Program Dates
All programs will be at 8:30 am in the gym
Krenelka and Wolden
Braunagel, Greening, Walter
Summer Construction News
The summer is slowly approaching and this means construction season! This summer, Freedom will be having construction on our east end of the building by our playground door. The district, through the latest bond referendum approved by our community, will be working with construction companies to add on to Freedom a permanent art and GATE room. This space is highly needed to bring us in par with other buildings in the district. This will assist us in no longer having to worry year to year about art on a cart or having to move GATE room around due to classroom needs. By having dedicated space, these programs will have a permanent home. We are fortunate to have a wonderful community that approved the latest bond vote and can’t thank our community enough. This construction will take place immediately in June after school is out for the summer. The construction will take place on our blacktop outside door #5. This exit will not be available during the summer and the area will be fenced off due to construction equipment. Our playground sits on the Park District Property, so that will still be available, but we ask that children riding bikes in the area on the Park District bike path take extra precaution to look for the construction equipment and fencing and stay away from the school area. This constr
uction will be completed by the time school starts for the 2019-2020 school year. Freedom summer YMCA will still be housed at Freedom but will need to use alternative exits to get to the playground and areas will be marked for safety. Most of the construction will be outside of the building, except for when they need to hook up plumbing and pipes to existing areas within the building. We will have a busy summer and look forward to this addition to Freedom!
Dr. Johnson, Principal
Classroom instruction starts at 8:10 am - students should be in their seats in the classroom at this time. Students should arrive no later than 8:00 am to allow time to put away items in lockers, say hi to friends and teachers before they need to be in their seats for attendance. Students arriving after 8:10 am are considered tardy and miss out on a productive start for themselves and other students. We appreciate your assistance in getting students to school on time.
Parking Lot - Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures
A special thanks to all our parents for entering and exiting the north main parking lot safely and taking turns to let each other into the loop area. When dropping off your child, please remember to move forward as far as possible behind the next car as a courtesy to those behind you so traffic doesn’t get backed up. Please be mindful of the crosswalk by the main entrance children are using when they enter/exit the building into the parking lot. Supervision will be provided in the parking lot area each school day before and after school to make sure our children are safe. If you need to enter the building, please park your car in the parking lot spaces and not in the drop and go loop. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask the supervisor on duty.
*NO PARKING—there is no parking allowed in the loading dock area past the cross walk when waiting for school to dismiss. This parking area is for staff only and must be kept clear for emergency vehicles, along with allowing kids to safely use the cross walk. If you park in that area, you will be reminded to please move your vehicles.
Medical Policy/Procedure Reminders:
** Students MAY NOT come to school with fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, contagious infections, or head lice (louse or nits). **
Students MAY RETURN to school when:
- Temperature is below 100 degrees for 24 hours without using medications!
- NO vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without using medications!
- Contagious infections (Example: pink eye or strep throat) have been treated for 24 hours with prescription medication!
- Head lice is treated with lice shampoo and ALL NITS (eggs) have been removed!
- Students must be checked-in by the nurse with adult present before the student can return to school!
- Parents SHOULD screen their child routinely!
Medications WILL NOT be administered to students without proper documentation!
Medications MUST BE in original labeled bottles!
YMCA Early Childhood Development Program
4-Year-Old Preschool & Child Care Program
Join the Y’s new year-round Early Childhood Development Program that will meet your child’s school readiness needs and the family’s full-day child care needs. This is a scholarship-based program, available to all four-year-olds residing in the West Fargo School District.
Rates are based on a sliding fee scale, determined by household size/income.
Children must turn 4 years old prior to August 1, 2019
YMCA Early Childhood
330 3rd Ave E, West Fargo
Hours: 6:30am - 6:00 pm
Questions? Contact Ann: 701.499.3041 | email@example.com
Welcome to Freedom!
Officer Roll is born and raised in Alaska. She worked for over six years as a public safety dispatcher. She volunteered for five years as a Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter. She then moved to North Dakota and attended the North Dakota State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Then attended Lake Region State College in Fargo, earning her certificate for the North Dakota Peace Officer Standards. She then was hired by the West Fargo Police Department as a clerk, then as a patrol officer, where she has served for over five years.
Why I was interested in becoming an SRO:
I have been interested in developing positive relationships with people in the community, particularly kids throughout my law enforcement career. I feel like working at the elementary level is a great age group to start growing positive perception of law enforcement and building trust. I think being and SRO will be a great place to show staff, parents and students that we are there with the best interest of the student, student body, parents and staff in mind.
Warmer Clothing needed for all students
It is that time of the year to plan for colder days! Reminder to parents to have students bring coats, snowpants, boots, gloves/mittens, hats and even scarves for recess time and before school. Thanks for helping our students be safe and warm during outside times.
We are in need of clothing for our younger students. We need size 4, 5, 6 - sizes to fit our Kindergarten students. If you have any of these sizes of pants and shirts please bring to the Freedom Office. We also need underwear for boys and girls of all sizes. Thank you.
The Staff of Freedom Elementary
Why is SARB/school attendance Important?
What is SARB?
School Attendance Review Board (SARB) is composed of representatives from various youth-serving agencies to help truant or recalcitrant students and their parents or guardians solve attendance problems through the use of available school and community resources.
What is chronic absenteeism?
A student is chronically absent if he or she misses school 10 percent of the time or more for any reason.
Why is school attendance important?
Research shows school absences can have a lasting impact on learning. One study on third grade reading level found the following:
- Chronically absent children gained 14 percent fewer literacy skills in kindergarten than those who attended more regularly.
- For students chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade, only 17 percent scored proficient.
- Only 64 percent of third grade students who missed nine days or fewer in both kindergarten and first grade were reading at grade level.
- Only 43 percent of third graders who missed more than nine days both years were reading at grade level.
- Only 41 percent of students who were absent 18 or more days in either kindergarten or first grade could read at grade level. (chronic absence)
- Of the students who missed 18 or more days in consecutive years, only 17 percent were reading at grade level. (chronic absence)
According to a Utah study
- On average, being chronically absent in one grade increased the odds of being chronically absent in the next grade by nearly thirteen times.
- A student who was chronically absent in any year, starting in the 8th grade, was 7.4 times more likely to drop out of school than a student who was not chronically absent during any of those year.
School-Based Sealant Program
Seal! ND School-Based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program
In 2012, The North Dakota Department of Health, Oral Health Program (OHP) implemented the Seal! ND School-based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program. Public health dental hygienists visit schools two times a year (fall and spring) and provide direct preventive services, under standing orders of a dentist which include: oral health education, a screening, dental sealant and fluoride varnish application. A parent/guardian signed consent form is required to participate in the Seal! ND fluoride varnish and dental sealant program.
Services are provided to schools that are recognized as being in need by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Students attending pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (depending upon the school) with parent/guardian consent are eligible to receive the free oral health services. A goody bag consisting of a result sheet (what the child had done), toothbrush, toothpaste and floss will be provided to each child that is seen. In the West Fargo area, Maple Family Dental will be providing the services. Watch for more information to come!
District News & Updates
Online registration is coming to West Fargo Public Schools! Look for further details and communications to be sent to families later this spring as we prepare for implementing the process for next year.
High School & Middle School Names
At the March 11 regularly-scheduled meeting, the School Board voted 6 - 1 in favor of naming the district's third middle school Heritage Middle School. The new middle school will open for the 2020-2021 school year and will serve students from Legacy Elementary School, Horace Elementary School, and Deer Creek Elementary School. Heritage Middle School will be located at 6350 76th Ave S, Horace, ND 58047. The School Board also voted 4 - 3 in favor of naming the district's third high school West Fargo Horace High School. The new high school will open for the 2021-2022 school year and will serve students from Heritage Middle School. The official address for Horace High School is to be determined, but it will be within the city limits of Horace, on the same campus as Heritage Middle School.
The Momo challenge is the latest online ‘challenge' that has understandably caused many parents concern. Although there have been lots of media stories in the last week, there is no verified evidence that this ‘challenge’ has caused harm to children, and more recent investigations have found it to be fake news. Despite this, it is clear that it is causing distress among parents and children.
The Momo character — the disfigured face attached to a bird’s body — was, in fact, a prop named ‘Mother Bird’ made in Japan three years ago for an art exhibition. It was claimed that the Momo challenge was ‘played’ over WhatsApp. The Momo character allegedly asked would-be participants to contact ‘her’ and do a series of challenges — the final challenge being suicide.
Although the Momo challenge is now being reported as a hoax, the reports, warnings, and disturbing images could still cause distress to children. It’s important that parents talk to their children about it. The best way to start is to ask a general question about whether they have seen anything online that upset or worried them. Explain that there are often things that happen online that can be misleading or frightening and that some things are designed to get a lot of attention. Parents need to follow their child’s lead — introducing a worrying subject to a child who isn’t familiar with it might lead them to investigate. On the other hand, avoiding mentioning it won’t provide a chance for a good discussion. Take your child’s lead and whatever you decide about overtly talking about these kinds of topics, make sure that they know that contacting strangers and doing anything at all that they are asked to do online or off that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable is not OK.
West Fargo Public Schools will hold kindergarten preregistration from 4:00PM - 7:00PM on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26.
With the exception of Deer Creek Elementary School, all families go to their neighborhood school to preregister. Deer Creek Elementary School families should preregister at Legacy Elementary School.
Each registered child must provide a copy of a current immunization record and proof of identity (birth certificate, visa, I-94, or other government-issued ID). Preregistration is still possible without these documents.
Children must be five years old on, or before, July 31, 2019 to attend kindergarten in 2019-2020.
If you do not know which school your child will attend, enter your address online at www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. Preregistration is an opportunity for parents to complete the necessary paperwork; students need not attend. Students and families will be invited back to meet staff and tour the schools at August's Back to School Night.
New Middle School & High School Transition Plan
At the February 11 School Board meeting, the Board approved the grade level transition plan recommended by the Strategic Transition task force:
- 6th-9th grade students to attend the new middle school in 2020-2021
- 9th-10th grade students at the new high school in 2021-2022, 9th-11th grade students in 2022-2023, and 9th-12th grade students in 2023-2024